Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity aims to eliminate substandard housing by building, renovating, and repairing homes in partnership with low-income families. As part of the process of receiving a Habitat home, these partner families commit to 500 hours of sweat equity, helping to build the homes and then making zero-interest monthly mortgage payments. Cincinnati Habitat volunteer crews build about 20 homes a year in the Cincinnati area.
If its full name––Two Fat Guys Summerfield Ace Hardware––isn't a clue about this store's unconventional nature, maybe its pet shop is. Or perhaps that distinction belongs to its owners' related endeavor: not only do Rick and Smokey inspire ambitious homeowners with rows of home-improvement implements, but they also encourage handiness by taking to the airwaves with a weekly hardware radio show. Summerfield Ace Hardware also doubles as a U-Haul Center, and animals are welcome, especially if they're able to drive a U-Haul but also if they just want to sniff around the pet shop. Prepping for barbecue season is a cinch on these premises: in the words of Rick and Smokey, "With a name like the Two Fat Guys you might expect that we have a complete grilling center and we offer assembly and delivery." Salespeople are trained to answer nearly any home-improvement question their customers ask, and a wide selection of hardware, paint, plumbing, and electrical supplies shares space with gifts, home decor, and housewares.
Elite Auto Image Inc.'s MECP-certified technicians personalize vehicles with custom electronics, including audio, video, and remote-start systems, and stand behind their work with a lifetime warranty on labor. While staffers carefully tinker with rides, patrons can hang out in the waiting area on a car-less car seat custom-wrapped in leather or laminated bacon strips. The shop features multiple TV monitors flickering family-friendly movies and a viewing window that looks into the work area, so drivers can watch as their four-wheeled babies go under the wrench. Elite Auto Image also specializes in custom fitting interiors with leather and custom building and wiring two-wheeled roadsters such as Harley-Davidsons and tandem unicycles.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
LipoLaser of West Chester's licensed technicians work to noninvasively slim, tone, and smooth out edifices with a stash of high-tech equipment and treatments that require no downtime. Prior to any procedure, staff sits down with clients to discuss desired outcomes before engineering a custom game plan. They then target specific trouble spots during LipoLaser procedures, enlisting the safe but intense rays of noninvasive laser technology to prod cells into shedding excess triglycerides.
The staff bolsters freshly svelte physiques with microcurrent treatments that stimulate and strengthen muscles, a technique that can diminish wrinkles and even out complexions. Both procedures help move clients of all body types toward lost inches, firmer skin, and entries into molecular limbo contests.
Five Star Painting's expert wall refurbishers de-stress home decoration with complete setup and teardown. Punctual professionals revamp the home's rugged exterior, scraping away loose layers and re-staining wood siding if necessary. Home husks sport lavish coats of 100%-latex paints with Emulsa-Bond, which helps paints adhere to surfaces and protects against UV rays and attacks by sentient sunlamps. Staining services stylize and weatherize decks and wooden fencing. Grime exterminators expunge mildew, algae, dirt, and salt deposits through a pressure-washing solution of 10:1 bleach to detergent. The all-around handypersons also wash windows and hang holiday lights or clean Santa impersonators out of chimneys during the holidays. Prior to painting interiors, Five Star's painters move or drape drop cloths over all area rugs, furniture, and indoor anthills and ensure a smooth finish by spackling tiny holes and cracks.